Calendar of Events


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Calendar of Events

Pittsburg, KS

Wednesdays: Trivia Night, 7 p.m., Drop the H Brewing Company, 107 E. Rose St.

Thursdays: Thursday Night Line Dance Lessons, 7-9 p.m., Dirty Mule Restaurant Bar & Event Center, 134 S. US 69.

First Friday of the Month: Heavy metal bands, live music, 9 p.m., Dirty Mule Restaurant Bar & Event Center, 134 S. US 69.

Second Friday of the Month: Drag Shows, 10 p.m., Dirty Mule Restaurant Bar & Event Center, 134 S. US 69.

Last Friday of the Month: College Night w/ DJ A Baby, 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Free admission with college ID. Dirty Mule Restaurant Bar & Event Center, 134 S. US 69.

ArtForms Gallery Workshops, 620 N. Broadway, Pittsburg, KS. 620.240.0165. Check our Facebook page during the month as artists may offer popups.

Every Tuesday: Art Exploration/Weekly Beginning Painting, 12:30-2:30 p.m. Free. Explore different art techniques. Feel free to bring something you are working on.

March 1: Pisces Zodiac Painting, 5-7 p.m. March includes the “last” sign in the zodiac, Pisces. Those born under this sign are known for their imagination, so let it run rampant in this small acrylic make-and-take workshop! $25, due at time of registration. Class limit: 10; ages: 14 and older.

March 2: Octopus Hug Painting, 5-7 p.m. This octopus, Inky Tuscadero, is lamenting hugging boats too hard. This is a small acrylic make and take. $25, due at time of registration. Ages: 14 and older; class limit: 10.

March 5, 12, 19, 26, April 2: Beginning Stained Glass, 1:30-4:30 p.m. A 12-15-hour course for the beginning stained glass art student or for someone who wishes to improve stained glass skills. You will learn to score, break, groze, grind, copper foil and solder your creation. All tools, glass and supplies provided. Protective eyewear required; regular eyeglasses are sufficient. Please do not wear open-toed shoes. Class is limited to eight participants who pay. Cost: $150, due at time of registration to guarantee a seat. Ages 18 and older; minimum of four students required to hold the workshop.

March 11: Ceramic Birdhouse, 1-3 p.m. Create your own hand-built ceramic birdhouse. All supplies and kiln-firings included. Cost: $45, due at time of registration. Ages 10 and up. Class size: 12 people.

March 18: Mardi Gras Paint Party, 2-4 p.m. Get out your Mardi Gras beads and join in a pour painting Mardi Gras party! We will have king cake, and whoever gets the “baby” will receive a gift bag. We will dip our canvas and create a unique painting. Everything you need is supplied.  Cost: $35, due at time of registration. Ages: 14 and older; class size: 10 participants.   


March 21: Cetus Zodiac Painting, 5-7 p.m. As noted by NASA, there is a new (old) first astrological sun sign. Cetus is for March 21-28, a mere seven days. Cetus is known to be a combo of Pisces and Aries traits with a dash of destruction and rebirth. Cost: $25, due at time of registration. Ages: 14 and older. Class limit: 10.

March 25: Fused Glass Windchimes, 1-4 p.m. Basic glass-cutting skills will be demonstrated, so no experience is necessary. You will create your chime using a variety of glass colors and shapes. Please wear close-toed shoes. After fusing in a glass kiln, your glass suncatchers will be available for pickup March 30 at the Gallery. Class size: 10, ages: 12 and older. 

March 28: Aries Zodiac Painting, 5-7 p.m. Aries is now the second astrological sun sign. Aries are known for being relentless and fearless. Cost: $25, due at time of registration. Class limit: 10. Ages: 14 and older.

Carl Junction Community Center: 303 N. Main St., 417.649.7237

Monday, Wednesday & Friday Pickleball 6-10 p.m., Tuesday & Thursday 1-3 p.m., and Sunday 1-6 p.m. Tuesday Yoga 6 p.m. 

March 4: Carl Junction Lions Breakfast, 8-11 a.m., CJ Community Center. Cost: Adults $6; children under 6 years, $3. Call 417.439.7724.

Carthage, MO

March 4: All-You-Can-Eat Breakfast, 9-11 a.m., Carthage Shrine Club. Public welcome. $7 per person. Call 417.317.0609. 

Diamond, MO – George Washington Carver National Monument Visitor Center Free Programs. Two miles west of Diamond on Highway V, then 1/4 mile south on Carver Road. Visitor center and park grounds open daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Call 417.325.4151 or visit *Programs will be presented outside on the park grounds.

March 4 & 5: Women in George Washington Carver’s Life, 1 p.m. Throughout Carver’s life, many women mentored and guided him along his journey to earn an education. These women, often maternal figures and spiritual mentors, encouraged him to succeed. 

March 11 & 12: Inspiring Success: Mariah Watkins, 1 p.m. Mariah Watkins’ influence on George Washington Carver during his stay in her Neosho, Missouri, home strengthened his self-esteem, nurtured his faith in God and encouraged him to pursue his education.  

March 16: Coffee with Carver, 10 a.m. George Washington Carver encouraged impoverished share cropping families of the South to enrich their meals with nutrient-dense plants, which were readily available. His agriculture bulletins will be on display. Following this presentation, volunteer Linda will share information on wild, edible plants. 

March 18 & 19: Laboratory Demonstrations, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Want to learn about some of the products George Washington Carver developed in his laboratory? Discover how Carver used some often-overlooked plants to change the way we think about agriculture.  

March 25 & 26: Film: Top Secret Rosies, 1 p.m. Known as the Female Computers of WWII, this Public Broadcasting System film shares a largely untold story of the women and technology that helped win a war and usher in the modern computer age. (60 min.)  

Joplin, MO

Saturdays: Joplin Empire Market, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Joplin Empire Market, 931 E. 4th St. The Joplin Empire Market is the place to find the best in locally grown produce, gourmet foodstuffs and handmade artisan goods. Curbside ordering also available, and orders may be placed Tuesday at 8 p.m., until Thursday at 8 p.m., at Curbside pickup hours are Saturday 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. More information: [email protected] 

March 3: The Woman’s Club of Joplin Club Day, noon, Harry M Cornell Arts and Entertainment Complex, 212 West 7th St. Lunch is $15, and there will be a tour of the facility included. Enter on the west side and park in one of the two Wall Street lots. For more information or for reservations, call or text 417.483.6336.

March 28: Joplin Area Welcome Club Lunch, noon. Meet at Turkey Creek Permaculture Farm for a box lunch and tour. Guests welcome. For more info, contact [email protected] or check Facebook.

Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center, 201 West Riviera Drive, Joplin, MO. The Shoal Creek Conservation Education Center is your local connection to Missouri’s fish, forests and wildlife. Check out the native plant landscaping, exhibits or hike the trails. Purchase a fishing or hunting permit, attend a nature program or watch for wildlife along the trails and banks of Shoal Creek. Enjoy a variety of free public programs throughout the year. Education Center is open Tuesday-Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Closed Sunday, Monday and most state holidays. Call 417.629.3434, email [email protected] or visit for upcoming events. Parking lot, grounds and trail are open seven days a week from sunrise to sunset.

March 7, 14, 21 & 28: Virtual: Outdoor Cooking: Cast Iron and Dutch Oven Basics and Selection, 12 p.m. Registration required. Ages: 10 and up. This series of virtual programs is designed to boost your knowledge so you can cook a wide variety of great recipes around camp while making it fun and easy! In part one of this six-part series, we will discuss the basics of cast iron cooking and how to select the right tools to meet every need around the campfire.  

March 17: Little Acorns: Spring Peepers, 10:30 a.m. Registration required. Recommended for ages 3 to 7. It’s time for some frog-frolicking fun exploring the life cycle and world of the tiny peepers. Join us to learn more about the first frog we hear in springtime and make a take-home craft.  

March 18: Nature Explorers: Spring Stroll, 10 a.m. Registration required; all ages. Join us as we search for animals and wildflowers around our area and the Wildcat Park Trails. Bring binoculars if you’d like, dress for the weather and wear comfortable walking shoes. The stroll is less than a mile. Meet at the education center gazebo next to the building.

March 18: Conservation Kids: Birds in Watercolor, 1:30 p.m. Registration required. Ages: 7 to 17. Join local Missouri Master Naturalist Volunteer Dione Friel and MDC staff to learn how to paint birds in watercolor while learning about Missouri birds and why they are important to you. It does not matter your skill level. All materials provided.

March 22: Spring BINGO, 10 a.m. Registration required; ages: 5 and up. Join us for this fun and educational twist on traditional bingo during the spring season. Win prizes and see live animals, too.

March 23: Nature Journaling, 6:30 p.m. Registration required; ages: 12 and up. Nature journaling is an expressive and creative way for people of all skill levels to learn about and appreciate nature. Join an MDC naturalist to talk about different methods of keeping a nature journal and participate in activities to get your creative juices flowing! A drawing will be held for an MDC nature journal and coloring pencils.

March 24: Fun Fishy, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. No registration required. All ages. Join us for activities that are fun and fishy. Stop by any time and learn about different types of fish in Missouri, how to cast a fishing line, fish for backyard bass in our side yard (weather permitting) and make a fun fish to take home. Demonstrations on fly tying will be ongoing.

March 25: Raptors and Falconry, 1 p.m. Registration required. Ages: 5 and up. Falconry is the ancient art and hunting sport of using trained birds of prey to hunt wild game. It was introduced to the United States in 1622 by England, and though it has evolved over the years, one thing remains the same: the bond between the falconer and their bird. Join Meagan Duffee-Yates, master falconer, as she discusses the rich history of falconry, the steps involved in becoming a falconer and the importance of raptor conservation.

Webb City, MO

Saturdays: Webb City Farmers Market, 9 a.m.-noon. Farm-fresh produce, baked goods, herbs, jams and jellies, humanely raised meats and so much more. Information: 417.438.5833.

March 3: First Friday, 7-10 p.m., Just a Taste, presented by Vintage Swing Movement. Swing dance lessons, 7 p.m.; live jazz and dancing, 8-10 p.m.; band this month is JOMO Jazz. Feel free to try out your new moves and/or kick back and relax to some sweet tunes and delicious cocktails. Adult: $8 in advance, $10 at the door; student: $5. Call 417.673.1154.

March 31 & April 1: Spring Shop Hop, 5 p.m. Annual spring shopping event. Enjoy a fun weekend of shopping in Webb City! Take advantage of the great sales going on, ride the trolley and enjoy a meal and/or a beverage.

Wildcat Glades Friends Group, 201 Riviera Dr., Joplin, Missouri. All programs are free of charge, but registration is requested. To register, please email [email protected] or visit our Facebook page for online registration options. Classes are limited to the first 20 students registered for preschool and yoga classes.

March 11: Yoga in Nature-Adults, 8:30-9:30 a.m. Ages 12+. This class is designed to incorporate elements of nature, breathing and yoga poses. Bring your yoga mat or a towel and a reusable water bottle. $10 to attend. You must pre-register by visiting our Facebook page or emailing [email protected]

March 11: Yoga in Nature for Kids, 10:30 a.m., free. Ages 4 and up accompanied by an adult. Bring your yoga mat or a towel and a reusable water bottle. Must pre-register. Please sign up by following the instructions on our Facebook page or email [email protected]  

March 15 & 18: Preschool Connections: The Mixed-Up Chameleon, free, for ages 3-7. March 15, 10-11 a.m., and March 18, 1-2 p.m., Wildcat Glades Education Cottage. The Mixed-Up Chameleon is an interesting lizard. We will learn about him and then about the collared lizards at Wildcat Glades. A story, a song and a craft will give us busy time! And we may even meet our collared lizards, Rango and Beans! Must pre-register. Please do so by visiting our Facebook page or by emailing us at [email protected] 

March 18: Nature Explorers: Spring Stroll, 10-11 a.m. Free, for ages 7-14. Join us to look for spring wildflowers, migratory birds singing and the insects that are just emerging. This program will be for Nature Explorers but is open to family groups as well. We will walk with Wildcat Glades naturalists and naturalists from the Missouri Department of Conservation. You must pre-register by visiting our Facebook page or by emailing us at [email protected] 

March 21: Adult Program: Native Plant Gardening, 6-8 p.m. Ages 13+. Free. Wildcat Glades Education Cottage. Join us to learn about planting native Missouri plants in your own yard. Missouri has many native plant species that are both beautiful and functional for ecosystems. Small yard spaces can serve as good habitat for wildlife, and even a container with natives on an apartment balcony is valuable. You must pre-register, either by visiting our Facebook page or by emailing [email protected]  

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Carthage, MO

Through March 18: artCentral Carthage presents “FOILED AGAIN!” 6-8 p.m., 1110 E. 13th St. A mixed media juried exhibition featuring the original creations of members of the Joplin Regional Artists Coalition.

March 17-19 & 24-29: Gods of Comedy, 6:30 p.m.; Sunday 1 p.m. Stone’s Throw Dinner Theatre, 2466 Old 66 Blvd. Daphne and Ralph are young classics professors who have just made a discovery that’s sure to turn them into academic superstars. But something goes disastrously wrong, and Daphne cries out in a panic, “Save me, gods of ancient Greece!” and the gods appear! Reservations required; 417.358.9665 or email [email protected] Tickets: Adults $29, seniors (55+) $26, students $24, youth $23, children (6-12) $12, children (0-5) free. More information: [email protected], 

Joplin, MO


March 9: Danú, 7 p.m., Harry M. Cornell Arts & Entertainment Complex, Beshore Performance Hall, 212 W. 7th St. This outstanding Irish ensemble fuses a glorious mix of ancient Celtic music and new repertoire for lively concerts. For more than two decades, Danú’s virtuosi musicians on flute, tin whistle, fiddle, button accordion, bouzouki and vocals have taken audiences around the globe on a musical journey to the emerald hills of Ireland, offering a moving and memorable concert experience. Tickets may be purchased at, 417.501.5550 or at the C2C box office inside the Cornell Complex Tuesday-Saturday 1-5 p.m. Tickets: $25-$35. More information: [email protected] 

March 15-19: Leading Ladies, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday 2:30 p.m. Joplin Little Theatre, 3009 W. 1st St. In this hilarious comedy by the author of Lend Me A Tenor and Moon Over Buffalo, two English Shakespearean actors, Jack and Leo, find themselves so down on their luck that they are performing Scenes from Shakespeare on the Moose Lodge circuit in the Amish country of Pennsylvania. Reservations encouraged; reserve your ticket at or by calling 417.623.3638. Tickets: Adults $18, senior citizens/students $15. More information: [email protected] 

March 24: The Second City Swipes Right: The Incomplete Guide to the Ultimate Date Night, 7 p.m., Harry M. Cornell Arts & Entertainment Complex, Beshore Performance Hall, 212 W. 7th St. It’s love at first laugh with The Second City! Bring your partner, lover, significant other, spouse, friend with benefits, platonic BFF or your spectacularly single self to The Second City Swipes Right. Tickets may be purchased at, 417.501.5550 or at the C2C box office inside the Cornell Complex Tuesday-Saturday 1-5 p.m. Tickets: $30-$50. More information: [email protected] 

March 25 & 26: Jessica Vosk, 7 p.m.; Sunday 4 p.m., Harry M. Cornell Arts & Entertainment Complex, Beshore Performance Hall, 212 W. 7th St. A celebrated singer and actress, Jessica Vosk is no stranger to musical theater and the concert stage. Tickets may be purchased at, 417.501.5550 or at the C2C box office inside the Cornell Complex Tuesday-Saturday 1-5 p.m. Tickets: $35-$40. More information: [email protected]

March 30: The Ying Quartet, 7 p.m., Harry M. Cornell Arts & Entertainment Complex, Beshore Performance Hall, 212 W. 7th St. The Ying Quartet, a long-time fan favorite in Joplin, makes their welcome return to Pro Musica! Additional details to come. This performance is part of Pro Musica’s 2022-23 series. Free and open to the public. More information: [email protected] or 417.625.1822.


Through June 1, 2023: Iconic Joplin (ages 12-16). Joplin’s 150th birthday celebration, Iconic Joplin, challenges teams of teens to work together to research, design and build Joplin landmarks in their past, present or future states out of LEGO bricks! Teams were announced December 1, and each will receive support from local STEM professionals and historians. Winners announced June 2023. Free. Info: [email protected], 417.825.3395.

March 5, 12, 19 & 26: Open Mic Comedy Night, 9 p.m., Blackthorn Pizza & Pub. Join Joplin Comedy and try out your latest stand-up routine or take in the acts of local comedians. Age restrictions: 18+ until 10 p.m.; 21+ from 10 p.m. until close. Free. [email protected], 417.540.9186.

March 7: Fanaa, 7 p.m., Cornell Auditorium, Missouri Southern State University, 3950 E. Newman Rd. The Missouri Southern State University Institute of International Studies and the Harrison and June Kash International Film Festival invite you to join them for eight classic films chosen by various faculty members. This film is part of MSSU’s Spring 2023 International Film Festival. Free and open to the public. More information: [email protected] or 417.625.9736.

March 9: Joplin Writers’ Guild, 6 p.m., Joplin Public Library, 1901 E. 20th St. Members have published novels, nonfiction books and articles. Dues $10 for the year, but anyone interested can attend their first meeting free. Info: [email protected], 417.691.0480.

March 17: Opening Reception: PhotoSpiva 2023 and Jo Mueller Small Works Auction, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Harry M. Cornell Arts & Entertainment Complex, Spiva Center for the Arts 212 W. 7th St. Light refreshments will be served. Cost: Non-members $10, Spiva members admitted for free. More information: [email protected], 417.623.0183.

March 18: PhotoSpiva 2023 Award Ceremony & Juror Lecture, 7 p.m.; Harry M. Cornell Arts & Entertainment Complex, Spiva Center for the Arts, 212 W. 7th St. Join Spiva Center for the Arts as it presents the winners of PhotoSpiva 2023 with cash awards. Then, listen as this year’s PhotoSpiva juror, Jennifer Thoreson, gives a brief lecture and provides insight into her work as well as her selections for this year’s competition. Suggested donation: $10. More information: [email protected], 417.623.0183.

March 21: Joplin Area Town and Country Quilters Meeting, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Peace Lutheran Church, 3100 N. St Louis Ave. Enjoy a paper piecing workshop featuring an Easter bunny. The fee to participate is $10 and participants must supply their own backing and button eyes. A brown bag lunch will follow the workshop at noon. Afterwards, at 1 p.m., attendees can learn how to achieve sharp points using foundation paper and can purchase a variety of foundation paper, books and patterns. Any adult can attend two meetings prior to becoming a member; annual dues are $20. Cost: Morning workshop $10, annual dues $20. More information: [email protected]

March 21: A Street Becomes a Boulevard: A Life in Baseball and Joplin, 6-8:30 p.m., Joplin History & Mineral Museum, 504 S. Schifferdecker Ave. Baseball is about the sights, smells and noises you hear, and the memories that mean more with each passing season. Once you have been to the ballfield, the sense of wonder and excitement it creates never leaves you. For Dr. Galen Irwin, the fascination with baseball, baseball cards and one of Joplin’s most famous baseball players, Charles Evard “Gabby” Street, has never faded. Free and open to the public. More information: [email protected], 417.624.1180.

March 23: Benton Lecture, 2:30 p.m., Joplin City Hall, 602 S. Main St. Celebrate Joplin’s 150th birthday with a special presentation from historian Brad Belk about the mural, Joplin at the Turn of the Century – 1896-1906, created by Thomas Hart Benton for Joplin’s 100th birthday. Learn about the significance of Benton’s only autobiographical work and how he reconnected with his home in the latter years of his career. See the presentation of the Sesquicentennial Quilt of the City of Joplin by the Joplin Area Town and Country Quilters, and enjoy birthday cookies and punch. Free and open to the public. More information: [email protected], 417.625.4789.


Through March 4: Thomas Hart Benton, Harry M. Cornell Arts & Entertainment Complex, 212 W. 7th St. For the first time ever, view the entire collection of editioned lithographs from Missouri artist Thomas Hart Benton. Free; donations appreciated. Info: [email protected], 417.623.0183.

Through March 4: The Thread that Connects by Holly Wilson, Harry M. Cornell Arts & Entertainment Complex, 212 W. 7th St. Multimedia artist Holly Wilson creates figures that serve as her storytellers to the world, conveying stories of the sacred and the precious, capturing moments of our day, vulnerabilities and strengths. Free; donations appreciated. Info: [email protected], 417.623.0183.

March 23: Opening Reception: Spiva in Bloom: An Exhibition in Flowers, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Harry M. Cornell Arts & Entertainment Complex, Spiva Center for the Arts, 212 W. 7th St. Celebrate the art of floral design! Local floral designers have created beautiful arrangements inspired by works from PhotoSpiva 2023. This reception, in their honor, will be a wonderful first look at these amazing displays! Free and open to the public; donations appreciated. More information: [email protected], 417.623.0183.

March 24: Spiva in Bloom Luncheon (ages 21+), 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Harry M. Cornell Arts & Entertainment Complex, Spiva Center for the Arts, 212 W. 7th St. Enjoy a catered lunch while surrounded by the PhotoSpiva 2023 exhibition and the gorgeous floral works from Spiva in Bloom: An Exhibition in Flowers. Seating is limited; each table seats eight guests. Registration required; register at Cost: $50 per person, $350 to reserve a table. More information: [email protected], 417.623.0183.


Spiva Center for the Arts, 222 W. 3rd Street 

Tuesdays: Creation Station (ages 6-11), 4-5:15 p.m. Painting, drawing, clay, collage, sculpture and more. Pre-registration recommended, and space is limited in this popular class; register at In advance $6, at door $8. More information: [email protected], 417.623.0183.

Harry M. Cornell Arts & Entertainment Complex, 212 W. 7th St. More information: [email protected], 417.623.0183. Registration required.

March 4: Pastel Still Life with Kinley Young (ages 12+), 10 a.m.-noon. Working with pastels can be tricky, but with the help of artist Kinley Young, you can learn tips and techniques to create pastel art from a still life. Registration required; register at $25. More information: [email protected], 417.623.0183.

March 4: Glass Weaving with Jane McCaulley (ages 9+), 1-3 p.m. Glass artist Jane McCaulley is at it again with a new fused glass class. Learn how to weave glass and make your own beautiful dish. Registration required; register at $35. More information: [email protected], 417.623.0183.

March 4: Painting with Fibers with Stacy Heydt (ages 15+), 1-5 p.m. Paint your own beautiful spring image with alpaca wool! Stacy Heydt will teach this fun textile technique and students will take home their framed work. Registration required; register at $35. More information: [email protected], 417.623.0183.

March 21-23: Crafting Comics & Manga: Story Building Blocks Spring Break Camp with Aidan-Avalon Aldrighetti (ages 12-17), 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Learn the basics of comic/manga creation, from designing fun characters, developing worlds and narrative conflict, to putting everything together through visual storytelling that culminates in a short comic. Registration required; register at $50. More information: [email protected], 417.623.0183.

March 21-23: Spring Break Sew Cool Textiles Camp with Stacy Heydt (ages 6-11), noon-4 p.m. Kids will have a blast learning hand embroidery and basic sewing skills and will make their own bracelets, stuffed pocket pals and coin bags. Registration required; register at $75. More information: [email protected], 417.623.0183.

March 25: Spiva in Bloom Morning Workshop (ages 21+), 10:30-11:30 a.m. & 1:30-2:30 p.m. Create gorgeous floral arrangements. Registration required; register at All materials provided. $40 per person. More information: [email protected], 417.623.0183.


Create N’ Sip Studios, 223 W. 3rd Street:

Wednesdays: Wine’d Down Wednesday, 5-9 p.m. Canvas and home decor DIY event. Choose the project that works for you. Prices vary depending on chosen project. $28-$58. Info: [email protected], 417.680.5434.

Saturdays: Saturday Morning Choose Your Canvas, 10 a.m. Select the painting you want to recreate and let the experienced staff at Create N Sip help you make a masterpiece. Prices vary depending on chosen project. Cost: $28-$176. Information: [email protected], 417.680.5434.

Local Color Art Gallery & Studio, 1027 S. Main Street: 

Call the gallery at 417.553.0835 to sign up.

Every Tuesday: Beginner’s watercolor class, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., $20. Bring your own supplies. Ages 8 and up. 

Every Tuesday and Wednesday: 2 p.m., $20. Improve your painting and learn principles of design. Bring your own watercolor, oils or acrylic paint. 

March 10: Watercolor, 1-3 p.m., all supplies furnished; $30.

March 11: Saturday Paint Class, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m., $30, includes all supplies and ice cream cone from Caroline’s; ages 8 and up. Paint Monet or Van Gogh; Artists Jesse McCormick, Percilla Penner and Margie Moss. 

March 16: Fused Glass, 4-5:30 p.m. Weaving a small candy dish; $35, includes all supplies; ages 10 to adult. Artist: Jane McCaulley.

March 18: FUNdamentals of Paint Pouring, 6 p.m. One 8×10 and one 11×14; $40, includes all supplies. Ages 9 and up. Artist: Mary Parks.

Neosho, MO 

March 24 & 25: The Many Disguises of Robin Hood, 7 p.m. Crowder College, 601 Laclede Ave. One of the most famous fictional characters ever created appears on Crowder College’s stage during The Many Disguises of Robin Hood. In merry ol’ England, the townspeople are overtaxed and overwhelmed. Luckily, the mysterious outlaw Robin Hood is giving them hope by stealing from the rich and giving to the poor. More information: [email protected], 417.455.5458.


 Health Events

Parsons, KS

March 9: Grief Companions Support Group meets second Thursday of each month, 6 p.m., Elm Haven West. Call 620.704.1110.

March 14: Breast Cancer Support Group, 3:30 p.m., Cancer Center conference room. Meets second Tuesday of each month. Call 620.235.7516.

Via Christi Hospital – Pittsburg, KS    

March 22: Cancer Support Group, 3 p.m., Cancer Center conference room. Meets fourth Wednesday of each month. Call 620.235.7900.

Joplin, MO

Every day: Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings. Call 888.740.4568.

Every Monday: Tips for Living a Healthy Life, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., South YMCA, 3404 W. McIntosh Circle. Free; registration required. Call 417.625.2492.

Every day: 12-Step Recovery Meetings, Alano Club, 1800 E. 30th. Call 417.623.9645.

March 14: Brain Injury Support Group meets every second Tuesday, 12-1:30 p.m., The Independent Living Center, 2639 E. 34th. Contact 417.659.8086 for information and referral. 

March 22: Grief Support Group meets every fourth Wednesday of each month, 6-7:30 p.m., Hospice Compassus, 2216 E. 32nd St., Ste. 201. Call 417.623.8272.

Freeman Health System 

Joplin, MO

All events are free and open to the public, unless noted; support group meetings are cancelled on days Joplin R-VIII Schools close due to inclement weather.

March 7: Freeman Bariatric Weight-loss Seminar, 4:30 p.m. (registration), 5:30 p.m. (seminar), Freeman Business Center Conference Rooms, 3220 McClelland Blvd (back entrance). Better understand the options available for weight-loss surgery. Contact 417.347.1266 or to register.

March 7: Expresso Yourself Breast Cancer Support Group, 5-6 p.m., Joplin Avenue Coffee Company, 506 S. Joplin Ave. Enjoy a coffee courtesy of Freeman Cornell-Beshore Cancer Institute. Our monthly breast cancer support group enables members to share, gain helpful information and useful tips, and form new friendships. Enjoy listening to a special guest from time to time. RSVP to Marcella at 417.347.2662.

March 8: Freeman Cancer Support Group, 2-3 p.m. Freeman Cornell-Beshore Cancer Institute, 3415 McIntosh Circle. Call Kelley Wheeler at 417.347.4000 for more information.

March 11: 9th Annual March O’ the Kidney 1-Mile Walk, 8 a.m., Northpark Mall Former Macy’s entrance. The March O’ the Kidney 1-Mile Walk is an annual awareness and fundraising event held to assist patients who are living with kidney disease and to honor those who lost their battle with the disease. When you register for this event or donate, you help raise funds to meet the needs of Freeman dialysis patients. One hundred percent of funds raised are used locally for direct patient assistance through the Freeman Dialysis Patient Assistance Fund. To register, visit

March 16: Freeman Caregiver Support Group, 10-12 p.m., Freeman Business Center Conference Rooms, 3220 McClelland Blvd (back entrance). Are you a caregiver interested in having a safe haven to share your feelings? Receive information about resources and coping mechanisms, gain advice on what lies ahead, make new friends and learn how to deal with family members. Door prizes will be given out. RSVP to Kathy Mason at [email protected] or 417.347.8463.

March 20: Freeman Blood Drive, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Freeman Hospital West Conference Rooms, 3220 McClelland Blvd (back entrance). Save a life. Donate blood. Appointments are strongly encouraged to manage donor flow. To schedule your appointment, call 417.227.5006 or go to For more information, call 417.347.4603.

March 21: Ozark Center Daytime Autism Support Group, 12:30-1:30 p.m., Bill & Virginia Leffen Center for Autism, 2808 S. Picher Ave. Open to people with autism, parents and caregivers. Call 417.347.7850 for more information.

March 21: Bariatric Weight-loss Support Group, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Freeman Business Center Conference Rooms, 3220 McClelland Blvd (back entrance). Designed to help those who have had bariatric surgery. For more information, call 417.347.1266.

National Alliance on Mental Illness – For information on NAMI, call 417.781.6264 or visit Meetings held at the NAMI building, 219 W. 2nd St., in Joplin.

Every Monday: NAMI Basics, 6-8:30 p.m. A signature education program for parents and caregivers of children and adolescents living with mental illnesses. 

Every Tuesday: NAMI Connection Support Group, 6:30-8 p.m.

Every Tuesday: Self Injury Support Group, 5-6 p.m.

Every Tuesday: Family Support Group, 6:30-8 p.m.

Every Wednesday: Dual Diagnosis Support Group, 2:30-3:30 p.m.

Every Wednesday: Post-5/22 Stress Counseling Sessions, 10 a.m.

Every Thursday: Family to Family Class, 6:30-8:30 p.m. For families or caregivers of individuals with severe mental illnesses. Includes current information about most major mental illnesses; information about medications, side effects and strategies for medication adherence; developing strategies for handling crises and relapse; focusing on care for the caregiver.

Neosho, MO

March 27: Caregivers Support Group meets the fourth Monday of each month, 5-6 p.m., Medicalodge, 400 Lyon Drive. Help with care, finances, insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, respite care, hospice care, day care and support for the caregivers. Sponsors: Avalon Hospice and Medicalodges Neosho. Call 417.451.2544. 

Nevada, MO

March 1-31: Free Colon Screening Kits, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Nevada Regional Medical Center is making available free colon screening kits during March. Anyone may pick up a kit at the information desk in the hospital’s main lobby between 8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. weekdays.  Participants will take the kit home and follow the enclosed instructions. Samples are to be mailed into the hospital using the enclosed envelope or personally dropped off at the NRMC lab. Results of the test will be mailed out to participants. For more information, call 417.448.2101.     

March 7: Tupperware Sale, 8:30 a.m. The NRMC Auxiliary is proud to announce its annual Tupperware Sale in the hospital Mezzanine. The public is invited to join hospital employees in seeing all the latest in the world of Tupperware products. Each year brings forth new colors, new designs and new products. All money raised through this sale is used by the Auxiliary to enhance the medical services and care offered by the hospital. For more information, call 417.448.2101.                   

March 28: Rich Hill Family Medical Clinic Screenings, 11 a.m.-noon, Kern Senior Center. Free screenings every fourth Tuesday of the month: blood pressure, plus this month’s focus screening: bone density. Takes place at the Kern Senior Center in Rich Hill.      

Integris Baptist Regional Health Center, Grove, OK 

March 8 & 22: Depression Support Group meets the second and fourth Tuesday of each month, 2 p.m., Northeastern Tribal Health System Conference Room, 2301 Eight Tribes Trail. Call 918.675.2093.

INTEGRIS Baptist Regional Health Center, Miami, OK – For more information, visit

Every Tuesday: Free blood pressure and glucose screenings provided by INTEGRIS Regency Home Care and Hospice. First Tuesday: Commerce Nutrition Center, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Second Tuesday: Nine Tribes Tower, 10-11 a.m. Third Tuesday: Miami Senior Center, 10-11 a.m. Fourth Tuesday: INTEGRIS Baptist Village, 9-10 a.m.

March 7: Alzheimer’s Support Group meets first Tuesday monthly, 11 a.m., Generations fourth floor visiting room. Call 918.542.3391. 


Crisis Text Line Text 741741 

Free 24/7 support for those in crisis 

to create a plan to stay safe and healthy.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

988 has been designated as the 

new three-digit dialing code